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August 8, 2012

Olympics gymnastics finals conclude with wins for Netherlands, United States, China

Olympics gymnastics finals conclude with wins for Netherlands, United States, China

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Artistic gymnastics events at the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games concluded yesterday with two gold medal wins for China and gold medals for the Netherlands and the United States.

China’s Feng Zhe won gold in the men’s parallel bars, just narrowly beating out the German gymnast Marcel Nguyen by 0.166 points.

China also claimed a gold with Deng Linlin scoring a 15.600 in the women’s beam. The balance beam proved treacherous for some: Gabrielle Douglas, considered a favourite for the event, came seventh after a dramatic fall. The United States did manage to get a bronze on the beam thanks to Alexandra Raisman who pulled off a routine that received enormous applause. She initially got less points than Romania’s Catalina Ponor, but took the bronze after an appeal.

The men’s horizontal bar event was a volley of high-scoring, high-difficulty routines. Danell Leyva from the United States started with a strong 15.833 point routine. China’s Zhang Chenglong then grabbed the lead by earning 16.266 points. The German gymnast Fabian Hambuchen raised the bar even further with a 16.400 routine. The Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland performed a near-flawless and immensely difficult routine that earned 16.533 points, earning him both a gold medal and a standing ovation from the audience in the North Greenwich Arena.

Zonderland’s performance makes him the first Dutch gymnast to win gold at the Olympics since the win for the Dutch women’s team at the Amsterdam Games in 1928. Hambuchen got a silver medal and the Chinese gymnast Zou Kai took bronze.

In the women’s floor event, the eighteen-year-old United States gymnast Alexandra Raisman secured a second gold after her success in the women’s team event last week. As in the beam event, she narrowly beat out Catalina Ponor from Romania with a score of 15.600 to 15.200. Aliya Mustafina from Russia took home bronze for her 14.900 point routine.



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August 7, 2012

Olympics gymnastics finals concludes with wins for Netherlands, United States and China

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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland.
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Artistic gymnastics events at the London 2012 Summer Olympic games concluded today with two gold medal wins for China and gold medals for Netherlands and the United States.

China’s Feng Zhe won gold in the men’s parallel bars, just narrowly beating out the German gymnast Marcel Nguyen by 0.166 points.

China also claimed a gold with Deng Linlin scoring a 15.600 in the women’s beam. The balance beam proved treacherous for some: Gabrielle Douglas, considered a favourite for the event, came seventh after a dramatic fall. The United States did manage to get a bronze on the beam thanks to Alexandra Raisman who pulled off a routine that received enormous applause. She initially got less points than Romania’s Catalina Ponor, but took the bronze after an appeal.

The men’s horizontal bar event was a volley of high-scoring, high-difficulty routines. Danell Levya from the United States started with a strong 15.833 point routine. China’s Chenglong Zhang then grabbed the lead by earning 16.266 points. The German gymnast Fabian Hambuchen raised the bar even further with a 16.400 routine. The Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland performed a near-flawless and immensely difficult routine that earned 16.533 points, earning him both a gold medal and a standing ovation from the audience in the North Greenwich Arena.

Zonderland’s performance makes him the first Dutch gymnast to win gold at the Olympics since the win for the Dutch women’s team at the Amsterdam Games in 1928.

In the women’s floor event, the eighteen-year-old American gymnast Alexandra Raisman secured a second gold after her success in the women’s team event last week. As in the beam event, she narrowly beat out Catalina Ponor from Romania with a score of 15.600 to 15.200. Aliya Mustafina from Russia took home bronze for her 14.900 point routine.



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July 31, 2012

British male gymnasts pick up medal despite last-minute appeal by Japan

British male gymnasts pick up medal despite last-minute appeal by Japan

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

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The men’s team final in artistic gymnastics reached a tense conclusion last night at the Olympic Games in London. China took gold with 275.995 points. Japan took silver with 271.952 points, and Great Britain got bronze with 271.711 points.

Britain initially looked likely to win silver following a fall from the pommel horse by Japanese gymnast Kōhei Uchimura. Uchimura unexpectedly fell from the horse but managed to recover and land on his feet. Before the appeal, Uchimura’s score left Japan in fourth place with Britain taking silver and Ukraine taking bronze with 271.526 points. The judges accepted Uchimura’s appeal and increased Japan’s final score by 0.7 points, just edging out Great Britain by 0.241 points.

British gymnast Louis Smith celebrated Britain’s bronze: “It’s a beautiful day for the sport and for British gymnastics.”

Smith also promised great things from Britain’s up-and-coming male gymnasts, promising that team members Sam Oldham and Max Whitlock would improve for the next Olympics in Rio. Smith also commended the junior squad: “The juniors we’ve got coming up — we’ve been junior European champions for the last six years — there’s so much depth.”

The US team, who had come first in the qualifying round, came fifth in the finals which led to tears from John Orozco. The US team vowed to fight on in the individual competition. Steve Penny from USA Gymnastics told reporters: “Our guys know that they’re better than fifth place, and they’re going to try to show that off through the rest of the competition.”



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June 22, 2012

At Australian gymnastic team announcement, media turns out for Tony Abbott

At Australian gymnastic team announcement, media turns out for Tony Abbott

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Friday, June 22, 2012

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Bruce, Canberra —

The Australian media turned out in force yesterday at the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) for Tony Abbott’s appearance at the Australian artistic gymnastics official London Olympics Team announcement. According to the press conference facilitator, the media set a record for most people attending an Olympic team announcement at the AIS.

BigPond Media, the Liberal Party‘s own media people, the Daily Telegraph, and 2UE were some of the media organisations present, with some having made the trip up to Canberra from Sydney. The level of media present stands in stark contrast to the Australia women’s national basketball team training camp at the AIS in May where Fox Sports, WIN News, and the Canberra Times were the few media outlets in attendance.

While a team practice open to the press started at 10:30 a.m. Canberra Time (0030 UTC), many in the media corps arrived after athletes finished practice but before Abbott was scheduled to speak. Those who arrived early had to be asked by coaches to step off the mats as the gymnasts were still practicing, which sport journalists and photographers in Australia do not generally have to be told. Following the press conference, when Abbott and Australia’s Minister for Sport Kate Lundy jumped off the trampoline into a foam pit, they got an upfront view of photojournalists who climbed into the pit beforehand in order to get a better picture.

The Australian media’s lack of interest in the gymnastics announcement made its way into the printed coverage, with The Daily Telegraph’s Alison McMeekin poking fun at Abbott as “Trampoline Tony”, and not a single gymnast’s name in her coverage. Sister News Limited tabloid, and Australia’s highest circulation newspaper, the Herald Sun also carried McMeekin’s jabs at the opposition leader. Ben Packham of The Australian, another News Limited publication, spun the announcement of the gymnastics team to criticise with the headline Abbott accused of carbon tax gymnastics.

Australia’s Liberal Party sent their own media representative to cover Abbott’s appearance. The cameraman had one job, to cover Abbott. His boss told him he did not need to get any footage of the gymnasts if Abbott was not in frame.

Shortly after Abbott and Lundy left, most of the press corps disappeared from the AIS facility.



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June 21, 2012

Kate Lundy and Tony Abbott assist in Olympic dreams with Gymnastics Australia\’s artistic gymnastics team announcement

Kate Lundy and Tony Abbott assist in Olympic dreams with Gymnastics Australia’s artistic gymnastics team announcement

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Kate Lundy with Australia’s Olympic team earlier today
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Bruce, Canberra — Earlier today at the Australian Institute of Sport, Australia’s Minister for Sport Kate Lundy and the Leader of the Opposition Tony Abbott were on hand when the Australian Olympic Team formally announced the Australian artistic gymnastics team to compete at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Melbourne-based Georgia Bonora and Ashleigh Brennan, Perth residents Emily Little and Lauren Mitchell, and Brisbane resident Larrissa Miller booked their trip to London.

Lundy announced the government’s A$4.5 million support for the Green and Gold Room in London. This facility, supported by the Australian Institute of Sport’s experts, enables performance analysis to help the Australian Olympians excel during the London Games. Lundy also mentioned Gillard‘s Prime Ministers Challenge, which is not just for Australia’s Olympians and Paralympians, but seeks to encourage the nation’s young to play sports.

Abbott started off with a quip that the only gymnastics he participates in is verbal gymnastics. The opposition leader then told the media present that Australia’s Olympians have the country’s support, and congratulated the competitors on the hard work they have put in for over ten years to get there.

In a conversation with a Wikinews reporter following the press conference, Miller said the team does not feel pressure from the media or other teams to do well. They are very team-oriented and when it is time to compete, they ignore everything else going on and focus on performing their best. The team does not need to worry about anything but competing because the gymnasts get support from Gymnastics Australia and the Australian Institute of Sport to cover the cost of everything they need.

With encouragement for the Olympians, Abbott and Lundy spent time on the trampoline. In a show of bipartisan support, Abbott assisted Lundy out of the foam pit they jumped into, with Lundy returning the favour.



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